a pad of lint or other absorbent material pressed on to part of the body to relieve inflammation or stop bleeding:a cold compress
flatten by pressure; squeeze or press:the skirt can be folded and compressed into a relatively small bag (as adjective compressed)compressed gas [no object] be squeezed or pressed together or into a smaller space:her face compressed into a frown
(as adjective compressed
) chiefly Biology having a narrow shape as if flattened, especially sideways:most sea snakes have a compressed tail
squeeze or press (two things) together:Viola compressed her lips together grimly express in a shorter form; abridge:in this chapter we compress into summary form the main findings reduce the dynamic range of (a sound signal). Computing alter the form of (data) to reduce the amount of storage necessary.